Anime


This is a question that has plagued many of Otaku; Fillers. You like them, or would you rather just keep with the plot?

For a while, I was never one to per-say hatefillers. There’s some in every anime, and unless the anime has nothing to do with anything, then I’ll watch them without complaining. But after watching a series like…lets say Bleach, fillers get annoying QUICK.

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The nice thing about this anime, is the fact that the producers KNOW they can’t fool around with the series. Henceforth, all the fillers are in the first few episodes, and then it gets down and dirty with the start of the more serious plot at episode four.

Episode 2 started off well enough. We now know that Ichino and Akari are close friends, (I’ll leave you to judge whether they’re more then friends or not, but then that’s a whole another post by itself.) They sleep in the same bed, (Or Akari more so likes to sleep with Ichino) and have a cute relationship. Something that is brought out more so in the future of the series.

Also, it seems as if whenever they sleep together, Ichino gets kicked in the face when Akari wakes up. Unintentional I’m sure, but Ichino gets plenty pissed, and tells Akari that she can’t sleep with her anymore.Akari, defeated, trudges off to her room, where she then finds a surprise on her door.

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Both have been licenced….Finally. We can hope to see them here in North America early 2007. Let’s all give a big woot for this news.

You know, I’ve always been a fan of Cartoon Network. Or more so I used to be…until they took off most of their good shows, and replaced them with stuff like “Kids Next Door,” It was after that, I stopped watching the channel.

One of the shows however has always made me laugh. And the fact that at first it wasn’t even meant for kids makes it better. The Powerpuff Girls is mature, childish, and it’s type of humor is something else. (Anyone see that “Freedom Beef episode?)

So when I heard that there was going to be an anime based on the series, I was surprised, since PPG was already popular in Japan.

The first impressions I got from watching the first episode, was that they were going to keep it almost exaclty the same, I mean…if you take out all the commentary, adult humor, and Hanna-Barbera refrences.

It’s become a guilty pleasure though. The extreme a-la Sailor Moon transformation may be cute at first, but end up getting annoying, especially since they seem to go on forever. their personalities are kept in tact though, and Akatsutsumi Momoko (Blossom), Gotokuji Miyako (Bubbles), and Mastubara Kaoru (Buttercup) all have the same appeal as they had in the CN version.

Mojo, (The monkey) is surely something left to be desired though. His ‘crazy-monkey’ traits are still there, but he is now just a hulking, candy-stealing, clumsy oaf. Mojo is one of my favorite villians in the CN version, so this disapointed me a lot.

All the other characters are there, The Mayor, Ms. Bellum (With a clipboard constantly over her face), Prof. Utonium, Along with Son, All the villians that are in the CN version, and a new, “Kon-Pikachu-Kero-esc” Cybernetic Dog, Peach.

The art style is a little too much. There’s always so much goin on, you don’t knw where to concentrate on. And for the record, it’s EXTREMLY shoujo. (Hearts, cute bishie boys all included). The fight scenes could be a lot smoother. Fights between Mojo and the girls are all “A punches, B blocks, B punches, A blocks) and it’s all just kiddie fights, no real action is going on. Although they do destroy the city all the time, so I’m okay with that.

Even thoughthis could be a better anime, it will still be a little guilty pleasure of mine. I do like the over the top attack names, transformation scenes, and the wide variety of colorful characters and situations. I’ll probably be reviewing the anime as the site goes on, so watch out for that. I’m 50/50 on how popular this anime will be, and if it will possibly ever be brought to America, all I can do is keep watching. Although with all due respect, I like the American voices a lot better than the Japanese ones. Bubbles sounds too much like a grown woman.

P.S. The anime OP and ED are enjoyable too. We have Nana Kitade with the song Kibou No Kakera for the OP, and Mayonaka no DOOR by Liu Yi Fei for the ED. Both are the “rockish-Girl pop” type of songs, and remind me a lot of the Super Gals music. Except I still enjoy Aitsu! a lot more. It’s still worth a download though.

Right off the bat let me tell you this is my favorite anime on the face of the Earth. Sure, there may be others that have a better plot and such, but BAV has always been the one anime I can watch over and over again without tire. And just for the record, it’s true name is “Battle Athletes Daiundokai.” Those crazy American people just HAD to change it. I mean, who can possibly pronounce that? “Dai…Un…Do..Kai…” The idea is absurd….

But the thing is, there are a lot of fans, but not a lot know about it. I don’t like to think f it as a more “underground” anime, but it seems that way. This anime needs to be reviewed more, and even though it came out in the 90’s, it still has that certain charm.

First of all, the great thing about this episode is that it tells you the setting, plot, and gives all the characters personalities right off the bat. You don’t have to wait five episodes for a character to show up, all the main and supporting characters arrive, and you can sense what kind of person they are, from just a few words.

Although of course, Battle Athletes has its cute shoujo aspect. Since the whole cast is mostly girls, you already can tell is a cross between shoujo-ai and shounen. (Why with the action and all).

The year is 4999, so its safe to assume is at it’s technological peak. It’s mid-term time at the Antarctica Training School, and hoards of girls are all racing in a giant desert to get in first place of the test, all with Steamroller wheels in tow.

The point? To eventually win one of three seats to go to the famous University Satellite. It’s the place where all the females of the universe go to compete for the title of Cosmo Beauty. Some reason, winning the title of Cosmo Beauty shows that you are the best athlete, for that year at least.

Our main “bunny eared” protagonist, Akari Kanzaki is in last place. This doesn’t come off as much as a surprise to everyone else, but the Headmaster of the school, seems to take some strange interest in her place…I wonder why?

Akari’s personality comes off like she’s a sweet person, but has no courage or faith in herself whatsoever. She looks to a locket that she carries with her in the episode once, and goes in the noglastic voice, “Okasan…” Hinting that there is some kind of relationship between her and what the hell she’s doing in the school.

Eventually, the whole episode is pretty much just showing how bad Akari is, and how much of a rivalry between “Golden Jesse and Silver Ayla” there is. The rest is comedic filler. (But it’s good comedic filler) In the end of the episode, Ayla, the girl from Russia comes in first, only to have Jesse, the girl from America come in behind her. Akari comes in last place, (Akari gets blown up by one of the mid-terms traps…a mine field…and flies into the Chinese girl’s giant balloon head.)

The episode has a pretty open ending. It doesn’t really tie up much, but it still giving you an idea of what’s going on. Although you’ll be tricked I bet, since I keep thinking the scene is going to go to something else besides the ending.

The characters all seem to have their personalities set right off the bat. Although I may be reading into it too much, the stereotypical viewpoints are annoying.

I mean, if nobody find it weird that they portray girls from Africa to be cat-like girls with horrible grammar. Chinese girls who are so full of themselves, women from Russia are all about power and cold hearted, and girls from America and all just pompous bitches. But as always, the underdog…the one everyone hates…is the one from Japan.

Although once you get pass all that, the first episode is fairly enjoyable. Although most of it is anime cliché anime humor, you find yourself laughing to all the girls over the top reactions to everything.

And even though you would assume, there’s not a lot of fanservice in this anime. Disappointing yes, but it’s still good. Well…there are a few crotch shots, but no boobs flying out, or torn clothes that shows the girl isn’t wearing any underwear or a bra.

*Snaps fingers* Damn!….